Last Wednesday the Guardia Civil helped a man who had collapsed in the car park of the Espacio Mediterráneo shopping centre in Cartagena, who was finally taken by ambulance to the Santa Lucía hospital in the port city.
The action was initiated when a patrol on duty was carrying out surveillance work to prevent theft from vehicles in the car park of the shopping centre.
Among the vehicles, a visibly upset woman was asking for help because her companion, a man in his 40s, had fallen to the ground collapsed, according to sources from the Benemérita in a statement.
The civil guards responded to the call for help and, after clearing the area of passers-by and vehicles, found that the man had bluish skin, breathing difficulties and barely a pulse, so they gave urgent warning to the emergency services while they placed him in a lateral safety position.
Immediately, and seeing that his breathing was very weak, the officers began cardiopulmonary resuscitation manoeuvres, joined by a nurse, who was in the parking area at the time.
After more than five minutes of intense activity, the man recovered his pulse, his breathing and the natural colour of his skin, and was evacuated by ambulance to the Santa Lucía hospital in Cartagena, where he was admitted until he was discharged from hospital a few days later.
Thanks to the first aid training of the Benemérita officers, who followed the instructions recommended for these cases – protect, warn and help – the intervention of the civil guards was crucial in keeping him alive until the arrival of the emergency medical services.